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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: October 7, 2015

Program News & Announcements


Application Deadline Coming Soon: McLauchlan Leadership Series

The McLauchlan Leadership Series is open to all Jenkins MBAs who are not currently taking part in a corporate leadership development program.  This premier leadership development program that enables fellows to build their network, receive executive coaching and master the fundamentals of personal, team and organizational leadership.  The McLauchlan Leadership Series is a leadership development program designed to support professional, graduate-level leadership education through experiential learning.

McLauchlan Fellows have unique access to corporate executives and community leaders throughout the series. Fellows build their network and experience unique coaching and professional development to further career growth. McLauchlan Fellows receive a certificate upon completion and are recognized at the Poole College of Management spring commencement ceremony.

“What we define as leadership is developing the skills of perspective and decision making and judgement. Our professors do a wonderful job of constructing on functions and skills…Schools teach economics, accounting, supply chain management, and all the other things that are on the curriculum. But how do you take a young professional and take the rough edges and smooth them so that when they walk into your organization, they already know how to have a perspective of what it means to look outside of their function? Put it all together? That’s what the McLauchlan Leadership Series is attempting to do.”

Russ McLauchlan, founder of the McLauchlan Leadership Series and founder, chairman and former CEO of Calvert Holdings

The deadline to apply is October 16.  Click here for full details.

STARTING FRIDAY: Town Halls with Dean Allen

It’s time for this semester’s Town Halls with Dean Allen!  We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on the Jenkins MBA experience.  Dean Allen will also share important program news and updates. Food will be provided. These casual meetings allow students a chance to express their opinions about classes and the MBA program. You are welcome to join the conversation any time during the actual Town Hall itself.

October 9Online MBA, 4 to 5:30 pm – Nelson Hall, Room 2402 (will also be recorded for those who cannot attend; questions can be submitted in advance to Claire Jefferies,
October 12Professional RTP MBA, 5 to 6 pm – Classroom 1
October 13Professional Main Campus MBA, 5 to 6 pm – Nelson Hall 4210

A note from Dean Allen:

nichole-millerI am delighted to welcome Nichole Miller to the Jenkins MBA program as the new assistant dean. Nichole has worked the last 15 years at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. For the last seven years, Nichole served as director of Academic Advising and Student Life for the full-time MBA program at Duke. Before that, she was instrumental in repositioning and growing Fuqua’s Health Sector Management program. Nichole received a BA in psychology from the State University of New York and Buffalo and an MS in Higher Education and Educational Administration from the University of Rochester. Her office is in 2120A Nelson. I encourage you to drop by and introduce yourself! – Dean Allen


Important news for December graduates!

Fall graduation will be held this year on Friday, December 18th at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. For those of you planning to graduate in December, there are some important housekeeping items which must be completed no later than Thursday, October 29th, 2015. Full, step-by-step details are located here on our website.

Save the date for our MBA graduation celebration on Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 – 7:00! Details to come.

Study Abroad Spring Trips – Dates Announced

Save the dates for our spring study abroad trips to Munich and London! More details and registration information to come:

  • Trendspotting for Culture and Design with Dr. Colbey Reid, March 5 – 12, 2016 – London
  • Innovation & Marketing Systems with Dr. Jon Bohlmann, May 7 – 15, 2016 – Munich

Consumer Innovation Practicum – Apply Now for Spring ’16

The NC State Consumer Innovation Consortium is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Consumer Innovation Practicum. Applications are being accepted through October 31.  If you have questions about the CIP, e-mail Dr. Colbey Reid,  To request an application form, e-mail Dave Knospe,

Professional & Community Events

Women for Success Triangle Wine & Cheese Event

You’re personally invited to Women for Success Triangle’s annual Wine & Cheese event. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 22.  (The event is not just open to women!)  There will be amazing raffle items including (but not limited to) merchandise from local shops, gift cards to restaurants, yoga studio passes, and much more! (Cash is best to buy raffle tickets, but you can also purchase them using your credit card.)

All proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Triangle, a not-for-profit organization that has already helped thousands of underprivileged women in the Triangle area by providing work attire, career coaching, and a strong network of support and resources. So come help us continue celebrate Dress for Success’ work!

When:  October 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Churchill’s, 1622 Glenwood Avenue (in Five Points)
Tickets can be purchased in advance:

If you cannot attend, you can still make a contribution on the Eventbrite page.  To learn more about Women for Success Triangle, check out the Facebook page and website!

Innovative Women’s Conference – November 13


Tickets are on sale now for the annual Innovative Women’s Conference, bringing together women from around the Triangle area – from graduate students to entrepreneurs to corporate executives – encouraging discussion and hands-on learning in the areas of business innovation, science, technology and entrepreneurship.  You will leave this conference inspired and better prepared to effectively lead people and organizations in a technology-rich, global marketplace.

The conference will be held at the Talley Student Union on November 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a networking social the evening before at HQ Raleigh, November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students can purchase tickets for only $15 (includes both events). Non-student early bird tickets are on sale for $40 until October 31, 2015.  Tell your friends and family to purchase early for great savings!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Women for Success.

Ellevate Network Luncheon

The Ellevate Network (formerly 86 Broads) is a dynamic professional women’s networking group, and they’re launching a Triangle Chapter! The N.C. Triangle Chapter Launch Luncheon will be held October 23rd at Prestonwood Country Club, and will feature Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevate Chair, former CEO of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney, who was featured on the Forbes World’s 10 Most Powerful Women list. Sallie will be discussing “Diversity as a Competitive Advantage.” A student rate is available: Click here to learn more & register.

Careers in Sustainability:  Supply Chain & Energy Panels, Oct. 22

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact chapter invites NC State Jenkins MBA students to participate in the 14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series.  The first two panels are coming up on October 22, focused on careers in Operations & Spply Chain and Energy (click the links to learn more and register).

Academic Advising

Academic Advising Syllabus

This is a reminder to all professional and online students to view your academic advising syllabus and, after reading it, to sign the Academic Advising Contract Form confirming that you have read and understand expectations. Please note that your advising hold for spring will not be lifted until you complete and submit this form. You will not be able to register for Spring classes when your window comes up until you complete this assignment. Students who wait until the day of registration to complete the form will not have their hold released immediately so please plan in advance.

Start Planning for Spring ’16

Spring registration is coming soon. For information on advising holds, group advising sessions, individual appointment availability, drop in advising hours, course schedules, and registration information please visit the Spring 2016 Advising and Registration page on our website for details.

Career Management Center

RSVP by Friday!  Poole College Etiquette Dinner

Business dining manners matter. Dining in a fine restaurant can be intimidating if you don’t know the etiquette involved. Learn all the finer points of dining in the 5th Annual Poole College of Management Etiquette Dinner, featuring certified etiquette trainer Sharon Hill. The event will take place at the NCSU McKimmon Conference and Training Center from 5:30 to 8 pm. You will receive etiquette training, a four-course meal, and the opportunity to network with employers. Participating employers include: PNC Bank, Fidelity, Cisco, Vanguard, Travelers, NetApp, Enterprise, E&J Gallo Winery, Norfolk Southern, and more.

This event is being sponsored by the undergraduate College of Management CMC.  However, all Professional and Full-time MBAs are invited. Please RSVP on Joblink.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
NCSU McKimmon Conference and Training Center (click here for directions)
Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015

Second Annual Jenkins Mix-and-Mingle: Calling All Professional MBAs!

This is the 2nd annual Jenkins Mix-and-Mingle. The first in January 2015 at the Carol Poole Clubhouse was a HUGE success. This is a terrific opportunity for Professional MBAs to meet their fellow MBAs, local business community members, and Jenkins MBA alumni in a relaxed, professional environment. We are using an Eventbrite invite and Joblink to RSVP.

Jenkins MBA Mix-and-Mingle (including Professional MBAs)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
City Club of Raleigh, a.k.a. Capital City Club, 150 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Dress code: Business dress
Cost: FREE

Please RSVP on Eventbrite or Joblink by 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015.

Questions? Contact Natalie Stewart, Jenkins MBA Recruiting Coordinator,

Professional MBA Career Management Video Series

Professional MBAs have asked for online career training available 24/7, and we have delivered.

Career Management Podcast/Video-On-Demand Series  
Starting at 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, in partnership with NC State Alumni Career Services, we will provide weekly real-time podcasts on job search strategies, career management and exploration, leadership skills and retirement. Podcasts are recorded and housed as video-on-demand for 24/7 access.

Confessions of a Former Recruiter Teleseminar
Six weekly teleseminars (audio, no video) presented at 12:30pm. Listen to executive recruiters share their secrets about résumés, interviewing, negotiating, using LinkedIn, getting through the online application process, and pet peeves. Click here for a sample of “Interview Confessions of a Former Recruiter.”

International Student Video-On-Demand Series
The Jenkins CMC has partnered with Beyond B-School to give international students access to career experts who lecture at business schools throughout the world. They present leading-edge job search techniques to international students in order to meet the special challenges they face. Through this partnership, you will have access to the presentations addressing a comprehensive range of topics, each consisting of one-hour lectures and panel discussions available online, on demand,24/7 on any device.

Video-on-demand webinars are added at 8 a.m. on Thursdays, starting Sept. 24. Each video will be available on-demand through August 2016. Watch presenetations on employer perspectives of hiring international students, legal issues regarding immigration, writing effective emails, networking American style, and interview strategies.

Series information and registration are on the Professional MBA Virtual CMC site

CMC Upcoming Events:

October 2 – Poole College Career & Internship Fair
October 14
 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by Friday, October 9)

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight


NAME:   Hugh Fisher
TITLE:  2nd-year Jenkins MBA, Graduate Assistant, Business Sustainability Collaborative Associate
HOMETOWN:  Kannapolis, N.C.
PREVIOUS: M.A., English, NC State University ’07; B.A., English, UNC Wilmington ’01

Q:        What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
      I worked one summer as a campus security patrolman at UNC Wilmington.  I was basically a tall goody two-shoes in a polyester uniform, writing parking tickets and checking the ID’s of anyone who came back to the dorms with alcohol in their grocery bags.  I’m convinced that every parking ticket I’ve gotten since has been karma from those days. 

Q:        Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
   I’m way out of practice, but when I was in college, I taught myself acoustic guitar, and I’ve actually written several songs.  Never have tried to capitalize on that, but one of these days …

Q:        If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A:        The basics of proper résumé formatting. You’d be surprised how many people don’t grasp how important it is to present yourself well in those crucial seconds that a hiring manager looks at your résumé.

Q:        What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
     My father told me when I was a teen, “Do whatever you want in life, but always do your best.”  When it came time for me to go to college, he said he didn’t care what I did for a living, as long I gave it my best effort.

Q:        What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
   My career goal is to become a content marketing manager, developing winning strategies to help my firm’s brands and message reach our customers.  From there, I’d love to work my way up to CMO.  I also have a dream of one day finishing and publishing a novel, in which case the MBA will help me market it.  The Jenkins MBA has helped me dial in my career interests and refine the abilities and experience I already had into marketable career knowledge.  Coming here was the best decision I’ve made yet.

Know an MBA student with an interesting story to share?  Nominate him/her for the Weekly Update MBA Spotlight!  E-mail your nominations to

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 8 – 10 – Raleigh Residency
October 9Online MBA Town Hall
October 9 – Happy Hour for all Online MBA Students – McDaids Restaurant, 5:30 – 7
October 12Professional MBA Town Hall – RTP Campus
October 13Professional MBA Town Hall – Main Campus
October 14 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by October 9)
October 14 – Wells Fargo Series with Mark Templeton, President & CEO of Citrix
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 16 – McLauchlan Leadership Series applications due
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
October 21Fall Mix & Mingle Networking Event
October 29 – Fall 2015 graduation paperwork due
November 13Innovative Women’s Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last day of classes
December 7-8 – Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Semi-Annual Partners Meeting
December 17 – MBA Graduation Celebration, 5:30 – 7 pm
December 18 – Fall 2015 Graduation

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